Located 190 kilometers away from the metropolis of Sri Lanka (Colombo), the Kaudulla National Park spreads out over an expanse of 6900 hectares. This national park is connected to three other national parks as it borders the Minneriya and Wasgamuwa national parks to the south and Somawathiya National park to the east. In the year 2002, this park was declared as a national park. Approximately 2/3 of the park is covered by water during most of the months and this water is collected in the Kaudulla Tank which is an important attraction within the park. The remaining part of land comprise of grasslands and scrubby forest areas. While this park is mostly famous for elephants, it is home to many other species such as the Sambar Deer, Sri Lankan Axis Deer, Chevrotain, Wild Boar, Leopard and Sloth Bear. 23 species of mammals and 160 species of birds such as the Peacock, Eafle, Giant Eagle, Spot-billed Pelican, Lesser Adjutant also reside at the park. The Kaudulla National Park, along with the Minneriya National Park and Hurulu Eco Park makes up the elephant corridor which is another prominent feature.